Tips for Parents from SAFEchild’s Funny Tummy Feelings program

SAFEchild’s Funny Tummy Feelings program presents important messages to first graders so that they can recognize and protect themselves from physical or sexual abuse.

One way to reinforce these is to read the following story aloud to your child and let him or her fill in the blanks (underlined words):

  • If we listen very carefully, our “funny tummy feelings” will let us know how we should act when certain things happen to us. Some “funny tummy feelings” are pleasant and some are unpleasant, but all “funny tummy feelings” are our signals to be more aware of what is going on around us.
  • We know that secrets can be good or not-so-good. If we have a pleasant “funny tummy feeling” about a secret, it is okay to keep the secret. If we get an unpleasant “funny tummy feeling” about a secret, we should talk to our special person – our support person – about that secret. It is okay not to keep a not-so-good secret.
  • If someone asks us to do something that could be harmful to us or is wrong and we get an unpleasant “funny tummy feeling,” we have a right to say NO, even if the person who asks us to do it is a grown-up. If the person does not listen to us, we have the right to talk to our special person about what is happening.

Another approach to this discussion with your child is to complete the following sentences:

  • I get a “funny tummy feeling” when . . .
  • The difference between a good and a not-so-good secret is . . .
  • Something I would like to talk to my special person about is . . .
  • A time when I can say “NO” is . . .

Please contact your school’s guidance counselor or Funny Tummy Feelings program coordinator Elizabeth Clark at eclark@safechildnc.org with any questions.